Coping with Trauma

Psychological trauma may set in after a distressing or life-threatening event. Sufferers may develop extreme anxiety or PTSD, or they may have ongoing problems with relationships and self-esteem. But many overcome trauma, offering inspiration to others who have had life-altering negative experiences.

Recent Posts on Trauma

The Power of Public Grief

Community candelight vigils are super depressing. Here's why you should go anyway.

Stress and Your Heart

Much more than a pump, our heart has a brain with left and right hemispheric nodes that conduct the cellular symphony that is the very essence of our being.

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Inside the Psychological Care for Refugees in Germany

How do therapists work through linguistic and cultural barriers to help their trauma-afflicted clients?

The Changing Faces of Trauma

By Arieh Y. Shalev on April 21, 2016 Unraveling Trauma
To develop a serious discussion about trauma and post-traumatic psychopathology we need to overcome our addiction to diagnostic criteria, else we will continue to err.

10 Tips to Protect Yourself From Cyberstalking

Cyberstalking is a quickly escalating problem that’s more likely to occur in an addictive personality. It's important to be careful with how you conduct your romantic life online.

Talking Out Military Sexual Trauma

By Eric Newhouse on April 18, 2016 Invisible Wounds
Jennifer Sluga told the VA's "poet-in-residence," Thor Ringler, about her sexual abuse so her VA caregivers would understand her concerns, but it became a liberating experience.

After a Terrorist Attack

Terrorism is a variation of psychological and actual war. It is plugged into our emotionally related memory, located mainly in the hippocampus.

5 Ways Your Worst Experiences Can Bring Out the Best in You

Research shows how really good things can stem from really bad experiences.

Putting on the Brakes as You Move Ahead

How to "put on the breaks" and gently pace treatment when a client has rekindled emotions from a previous trauma

The Secret to Writing Transformative Poetry

For years, poetry has been used as part of therapeutic practice. The beauty of poetry is that it succinctly helps us get in touch with our innermost feelings with words and images.

All Psychotherapy Is Feminist

Every contemporary therapy is feminist therapy or it is unethical and unapproved.

Robert Foltz on Adolescent Residential Treatment

The future of mental health interview series continues with Robert Foltz on adolescent residential treatment.

Refugee System Perpetuates Trauma for LBGTQ Asylum Seekers

Asylum seekers, forced to hide their identities in their home countries, must prove their LBGTQ status in court.

Childhood Abuse

Is your dysfunctional childhood ruining your life?

The Kafka Effect

By Nick Tasler on April 05, 2016 Strategic Thinking
When the unexpected happens, surprising new research shows how your mind activates a little known superpower.

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Invisible Illness

Traumatic brain injury is one of the major causes of death and disability in the U.S. Are those who endure it at risk for suffering long-term psychological distress?

Mindfulness Training Optimizes Brain Connectivity

Researchers have pinpointed how mindfulness triggers brain changes that can help people—who are “stuck” in a rut of repetitive thinking and rumination—turn off negative thoughts.

Why We Need to Move Beyond the Idea of Closure

So if we stop pushing closure, how do we help?

Don't Let Your Feelings Become Infected

Our minds can get infected as easily as our bodies. When we let our feelings fester and never address the root cause, a psychological infection occurs.

Finding Professional Help for Victims of Bullying

Sadly, parents might need to decide whether they should drain college savings accounts in order to get their child the professional help they need to get through high school.

Nightmares After Trauma

By Michelle Carr on March 30, 2016 Dream Factory
At least half of PTSD patients suffer from intense nightmares that replay a traumatic event. How do these differ from normal nightmares, and how can we treat them?

Expressive Arts Therapy and Self-Regulation

Expressive arts therapies can enhance self-regulation in individuals of all ages who are experiencing distress; the secret is sensory-based attunement.

How to Not Pass Along Our "Stuff" to Our Children

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on March 30, 2016 In Flux
We go through life dealing with our own anxieties, neuroses, issues, and problems.What happens when we don't fully deal with our own issues? Do our children "inherit" them from us?

PTSD and Its Relationship to Eating Disorders

It is estimated that at least 30% of all eating disorder sufferers have been sexually abused. Eating Disorder symptoms replay the trauma.

Trauma Survivors and the Lifetime Channel

Understand why violent media programming draws trauma survivors to "binge-watch" episodes and how, as a clinician, you can intervene in this negative behavior.

Approaching Trauma and Pain at the Deepest Roots

The Resilience Regiment talks to The Refuge – A Healing Place

Leslie Becker-Phelps on Self-Compassion and Love Insecurity

The future of mental health interview series continues with Leslie Becker-Phelps on self-compassion and love insecurity.

There Is No One Right Diet for Everyone

How does your metabolism determine the best foods for your mental health?

Expressive Writing for Physical and Mental Health

Joyce Carol Oates said "I have forced myself to begin writing when I've been utterly exhausted, . . .and somehow the activity of writing changes everything."